Italian journalist Nicolo Schira has proven his reliability to West Ham fans this summer. He has been one of the first sources to break both the Sebastien Haller and Pablo Fornals moves.

Now, he has made another claim about some West Ham transfer business. According to Nicolo Shira, Pedro Obiang will be leaving West Ham shortly after the pre-season tour.

West Ham are currently in China, taking part in the Asia Trophy. There is one game left – a third-place play-off against Newcastle United – but Obiang will leave when West Ham return.

Sassuolo look set to win the race for the 27-year-old. The Serie A club will sign Obiang for an upfront fee of €9m plus €2m in bonuses. This comes to a total cost of just under £10m.

West Ham need a Pedro Obiang replacement

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If Obiang leaves, West Ham need another defensive-minded central midfielder in their ranks. Carlos Sanchez struggled against Manchester City to prove he is not the man for the job.

While Obiang’s form was hit-and-miss last season, he provided another experienced body in midfield. The Hammers might choose to replace him with Josh Cullen, Sanchez or sign a new player.

After signing one more striker and a replacement for Obiang, West Ham might conclude their summer business. The Obiang sale will arm them with cash to complete these final two deals.

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